Since I just referenced child molestation, let’s talk a bit more about The Village Church and their missionary that has a child porn addiction and his wife who they tried to formally discipline because she sought an annulment:
Thankfully the church has formally apologized to the woman, and also stated this publically in a lengthy message. In an email to their members, they sound very sincere, humble, and reflective. This is a big deal because you don’t typically see churches, especially large conservative ones, back down on any of their actions. They tend to stand firm, so kudos to them. I’m not a big fan of them saying they should have communicated better to her that an annulment is considered a divorce by biblical standards, but overall they did right. They are also going to grant her request to be released from membership (crazy that wasn’t easily done in the first place) and financially support her, as they previously committed, through August.
This incident reminds me of when Jesus healed on the Sabbath and the Pharisees were confused if the act violated religious law. Jesus is like, “Hey, we know what the law says, but come on, this man needs help – use some common sense people.” Likewise, I understand how the church may view an annulment as a divorce and as sin defined in the Bible, but come on, this man is/was addicted to child porn, give this woman a mulligan. I know many will disagree with my interpretation and see it as a slippery slope to skirt around biblical rules, but that’s how I see it.
The church mentions media attention, I think it’s only because of this they started to cave and feel conviction. The perception being cast was they were more focused on protecting their pastor and his marriage than the safety and protection of children that had direct contact with the pastor. But oddly, I haven’t seen any local news outlets cover this story, it’s only been making waves on Facebook, blogs, and Twitter.
They state their head pastor will “speak generally” about this on Sunday and stay on topic of the sermon series. Personally, I think it deserves more than a general mention. I recognize that an email was sent out so it’s now all in the past and it’s time to move on, but not having your head pastor address such a misfortunate event, especially when the safety and protection of their children is questioned, is skirting leadership.
I haven’t seen any mention of the missionary being talked to by police. I’m no expert on the law, but if he has willfully admitted to owning child pornography and this information has gone public, I’d think that would be probable cause to do a search.
Thankfully, this is a huge step in the right direction.
The TICKET morning show had the parents of the late Taylor Torch on as guests to promote the charity they started in her honor to promote organ donation. As great of a gesture that is to honor their daughter, it has always bothered me that the father is the lone employee and takes in six figures – Taylor’s Gift took in $163,000 in 2011, its first full year of operations. Todd Storch, the charity’s CEO, was paid a salary of $100,000, plus $8,500 in expenses.
This man’s wife lost her engagement ring down a vent, and he used a tape measure, flashlight, webcam, and tape to find and retrieve it. Sidenote: Until today, I always thought it was “tape measurer” instead of “tape measure”.